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How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Francisco

So, what are your plans for New Year’s? A question you can’t seem to escape this time of year and often have a hard time answering. Well lucky for you if you plan on celebrating New Year’s Eve in San Francisco you have a plethora of options to choose from! Here are our tips on where to go and what to do for the big night out!


New Year’s Eve Fireworks

No list of what to do New Year’s Eve in San Francisco would be complete without a mention of the waterfront firework show. Say goodbye to 2018 when the clock hits midnight by watching this annual firework show. The fireworks will launch from the barges located out in the bay, just south of the Ferry building near Pier 14. Best viewing spots will be along Embarcadero between Mission and Folsom Street. Admission is free.  


San Francisco New Year’s Eve Cruises

Set sail and wave goodbye to 2018 with a New Year’s Eve cruise. Passengers cruise around the San Francisco Bay, taking in the city skyline while dining, drinking, and dancing. There are a variety of cruises offered, from family-friendly cruises to upscale dinner and firework cruises.

To see a full list of all San Francisco New Year’s Eve cruises, visit here.


Holiday Lights Double Decker Lights Tour

Join City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-off tours for their holiday lights tour. The tour takes on-lookers through the brightly colored streets of San Francisco along Van Ness Street to California Street. Also, travel across the sparkling Bay Bridge to Treasure Island for the perfect photo-op. Be sure to get your camera ready!


New Year’s Eve parties

Party like it’s…well 2018! Celebrate the New Year at one of San Francisco’s many New Year’s Eve parties. There is a host of them around town each complete with music, champagne, dancing, and of course a classic countdown until midnight.

Learn more: New Year’s Eve parties in San Francisco


Shen Yun at the War Opera Memorial Opera House

For a slightly different way to welcome the new year attend a performance at the War Memorial Opera House by Shen Yun. This vibrant performance offers you a look inside Chinese culture with traditional dance, music, and acrobatics. The show starts at 7:30 and will run for two hours. 


Celebrate like a local

Join local San Francisco residents for a late New Year’s Eve picnic in Dolores Park. Show up at sunset with a bottle of champagne or your libation of choice and toast to the new year while enjoying beautiful city views. Stay at the Inn San Francisco and be in walking distance to the park and all the fun!


Stay at Inn San Francisco

Make the Inn San Francisco your home base this New Year’s Eve. With our quaint and cozy rooms and excellent location, you will be happy to return to the quiet comforts of home after a night out on the town. For an authentic San Francisco experience, book your stay with Inn San Francisco! 

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